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HQ, NE win on Day 1

Guwahati, Jan. 27: Headquarters Zone and hosts North East Zone registered thumping victories in their matches of the 43rd All-India Food Corporation of India Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.

Headquarters Zone thrashed East Zone by 92 runs in the inaugural match, which had to be curtailed to a 13-overs-a-side affair after bad weather delayed the beginning of the match.

Invited to bat, Headquarters Zone piled up 156 runs for the loss of four wickets. Dhruv Shorey topscored with an unbeaten quickfire 86 runs off 38 balls while Mayank Sidana remained not out with 32 runs off 12 deliveries. Nilava Debnath picked up two wickets for 25 runs in three overs while Pritam Chakraborty and Syomak Dutta picked up one wicket each.

In reply, East Zone could only manage 64 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Joydeep Mukherjee with 16 runs and Indranil Bose with 15 runs were the only batsmen to reach double figures. Javed Khan scalped two wickets conceding 15 runs in his three overs while Rajinder Bisht and Vinay Choudhary picked up two wickets each.

The second match of the day witnessed hosts North East Zone outplaying South Zone by 94 runs. The hosts, opting to bat, put up 166 runs for five wickets in 15 overs.

Sanzow Brahma topscored with 58 runs off 36 deliveries, while Kon Urang contributed an unbeaten 37 runs off 25 balls. S. Gangadharan scalped three wickets going for 16 runs in his three overs.

South Zone could only manage 72 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their regular overs. Romario Sharma and Rishav Das scalped two wickets each.